CARPENTERSVILLE — There was no time for a feeling-out process between Crystal Lake South and Dundee-Crown girls soccer on Tuesday. Both teams came out firing early.
Gators forward Courtney Sengstock scored less than two minutes into the game, with an assist from defender Jenna Ross. It was the first of four goals for both teams combined in the game’s first 12 minutes.
The Gators found the net more often and went on to beat the Chargers, 5-1.
“I was really happy with the way we came out early,” South coach Jay Mueller said. “We scored in the first two minutes of each half, which is a great way to get started.”
Dundee-Crown (5-6-0, 2-1-0 Fox Valley Conference) answered the game’s first goal with a score of its own on a corner kick four minutes after Sengstock’s goal. Rylee Quillen’s corner kick found the head of Braylin Mensik, who knocked it in to even things up, 1-1.
The game wasn’t tied for long.
Sengstock was fouled in the D-C box four minutes later, leading to a Gators penalty kick. Jess Schoenfeldt took the PK and knocked it into the lower left corner of the net to put South up 2-1.
“Those really don’t make me nervous anymore,” the senior midfielder said of the penalty kick. “They used to. I’m getting more confident with it as I go.”
The Gators (7-1-1, 1-0-0 FVC) piled on another goal less than two minutes later. Taylor Bittenbender scored from the left side of the box, with an assist from Abby Wiegand.
“We were a little shell-shocked in the beginning,” D-C coach Sebastian Falinski said. “Their physicality gave us issues. Their ability with the ball in the air gave us problems. Then their speed up top and their ability to get a shot off early, I think that killed us on the first goal.”
The frantic scoring slowed down, but the Gators weren’t done.
Schoenfeldt scored again less than two minutes before halftime. Ross collected the second of her two assists.
“I know usually where her balls go,” said Schoenfeldt, who also plays club ball with Ross. “I was trying to get in there and find a pocket of space, and I got a touch around and just put it away.”
Ross had the ball at her feet often and helped initiate the Gators’ attack.
“They were really tight in the midfield,” Ross said of D-C. “It left the outsides wide open. Right when I see the space, I just attack. We kept getting through balls and crosses in."
South added one more goal about a minute into the second half. Schoenfeldt kicked a rocket of a shot that deflected off D-C goalkeeper Diana Santillan-Ceja’s hands. Schoenfeldt’s attempt on the rebound found sophomore Abby Wiegand, who pounded the ball into the back of the net.
The 5-1 lead held the rest of the game. The Chargers put pressure in the second half, but never capitalized with a goal.
Santillan-Ceja made eight saves. South goalkeeper Annika Sevcik made six saves.
“The first (goal) wasn’t really her fault,” Ross said of Sevcik. “We didn’t get a good corner.”
Falinski said the Chargers hadn’t faced a team all season with as many offensive threats as the Gators. For D-C, it was the first loss in conference play.
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Ross was all over the place on the defensive end for the Gators. The Loyola commit also contributed two assists.
91: Seconds into the game before Gators forward Courtney Sengstock scored to put South on top early.
AND ANOTHER THING …
A total of three yellow cards were issued in the game.
Crystal Lake South 5, Dundee-Crown 1
Crystal Lake South 4 1 — 5
Dundee-Crown 1 0 — 1
CLS — Sengstock (2nd minutes)
D-C — Mensik (7th)
CLS — Schoenfeldt (10th)
CLS — Bittenbender (12th)
CLS — Schoenfeldt (38th)
CLS — Wiegand (2nd)
Goalkeeper saves: Santillan-Ceja (D-C) 8, Sevcik (CLS) 6.